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ST. LUCIA — One of the Caribbean’s best-known resorts is undertaking a US$20 million renovation, just in time for its 30th anniversary.
BodyHoliday St. Lucia’s multi-million-dollar plan includes the transformation of its guestrooms, six restaurants, public spaces, and back-of-house facilities. Doors will close on July 1 for renovations and will reopen on Aug. 26.
A total of 76 Luxury Ocean View rooms will receive a full makeover, including dedicated single rooms and twin bedrooms, all boasting luxurious queen-size beds.
Resort reps says the rooms will take on a lighter, brighter colour scheme with the introduction of all-new beds and a range of bedroom furniture including new cupboards and a mini bar. New artwork and surround-sound USB speakers will also be introduced, to elevate the feel of the space.
New sliding glass doors will bring the resort’s amazing views into the room and new balcony tables and chairs will allow guests to relax, enjoy a drink, and take in beautiful, panoramic views of the island.
The bathrooms in the Luxury Ocean View rooms will also be upgraded with new, fully-fitted sliding doors and luxurious rainfall showers. The bathroom décor will be upgraded to ensure the light, airy feel of the main room is reflected, say reps. A new, eco-friendly air conditioning system will be installed in all rooms, improving the air quality “to ensure guests sleep peacefully to restore their energy for the many activities the resort offers throughout the day”.
BodyHoliday will also be introducing two new villas: Villa Lara and Villa Calypso. These villas will include an apartment and a junior suite that can be rented either separately or as a full unit for a more intimate experience. The larger apartment will feature a master bedroom with a walk-in closet, pool with deck, verandah, and outdoor dining room as well as a terrace. The smaller junior suite will feature a balcony, foyer, and master bedroom.
Following the refurbishment of the 33 treatment rooms in 2017, the resort’s Wellness Center will undergo further updates, including the changing facilities.
With regards to the resort’s food and beverage offerings, TAO, the Asian-fusion fine-dining restaurant, will be fully renovated with a brand-new look, introducing a more modern feel. The renovation will mark the introduction of an extended organic menu. The renovations will include a brand-new entrance and a newly installed outdoor deck. During the day, the new deck will host lectures on a variety of wellness subjects.
In addition, the Deli, open throughout the day for lunch and snacks, will introduce a new sushi counter, offering the freshest fish selection from around the island. A new juicing bar will offer fresh, personalized organic juices and smoothies.
The resort is set to re-open this August with the launch of the long-awaited BodyHoliday Guest App, designed to further enhance guests’ ability to personalize their vacations.